Books & Writing

Poetic Mourning

March 29, 2012

The poetic community is mourning a loss today. Distinguished and critically acclaimed poet, feminist, essayist, and woman Adrienne Rich died at 82 in her home in Santa Cruz, California.


As stated in the NYTimes, “Widely read, widely anthologized, widely interviewed and widely taught, Ms. Rich was for decades among the most influential writers of the feminist movement and one of the best-known American public intellectuals. She wrote two dozen volumes of poetry and more than a half-dozen of prose; the poetry alone has sold nearly 800,000 copies, according to W. W. Norton & Company, her publisher since the mid-1960s.”

Below is one of her latest poems, “Tonight No Poetry Will Serve”:


Saw you walking barefoot
taking a long look
at the new moon's eyelid

later spread
sleep-fallen, naked in your dark hair
asleep but not oblivious
of the unslept unsleeping

Tonight I think
no poetry
will serve

Syntax of rendition:

verb pilots the plane
adverb modifies action

verb force-feeds noun
submerges the subject
noun is choking
verb    disgraced    goes on doing

now diagram the sentence






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